Back at it again with the non-Sundance bullshit. Here’s what I’ve been reading, playing, watching, etc.

Here’s Part I.
Here’s Part II
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Here’s Part III.
Here’s Part IV.
Here’s Part V.

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100 Boyfriends (Brontez Purnell, 2021)

Picked this up because I dug the cover and was very into the concept of short stories revolving around a number of queer interactions, labeled “boyfriends” less as any official status and more as though exploring the concept of attachment to individuals that we may or may not develop real attachments to. In the very sexual queer world we navigate, there are all…


Decided to finally catch up a little bit now that all of my Sundance writing is over and up online. So here are some thoughts about all of the works I saw there. This is a fairly long piece because it covers a whole lot of movies.

Here’s Part I.
Here’s Part II
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Here’s Part III.
Here’s Part IV.

Features (with Links to Extended Writing)!

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A Glitch in the Matrix (Rodney Ascher)

The films of Rodney Ascher are as much of a challenge to the audience as they are to the filmmaker: how does one approach figures who speak with the utmost sincerity about notions…


Sorry for not chiming in sooner, but I was a bit caught up with Sundance. I’ll be saving that for a separate post, and focusing this on all the non-Sundance art I ingested recently.

Here’s Part I.
Here’s Part II
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Here’s Part III.

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Detransition, Baby (Torrey Peters, 2021)
I will probably write about this book somewhere down the road. My brain doesn’t have enough power to do that right now thanks to too many deadlines honestly. It is likely to remain my favorite thing I’ll read all year though. Please read it. …


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James Corden, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman in Ryan Murphy’s The Prom (Netflix)

Today, as with any other day being online, comes with yet another instance of every queer’s favorite discourse: should straight actors be playing gay?

What follows is an extended conversation between two queer writers about this.

Juan Barquin: So, Kyle, do you think straight actors should play gay?

Kyle Turner: Who gives a shit.

[This conversation has been condensed for clarity]


Or: help, I can’t stop watching Adam Curtis documentaries.

Here’s Part I.
Here’s Part II
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The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, 2004) The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (Adam Curtis, 2007) Bitter Lake (Adam Curtis, 2015) I appreciate that the thesis of every Adam Curtis film I’ve watched so far seems to be “America is awful [so is the UK] and comprised of a bunch of hypocritical war criminals in power who have seduced the grand populace into submission with myths, conspiracies, and bullshit.” Also, Kyle, if you read this, yes I only wrote my tweet…


The year continues and I have ingested more art (that I have a surprising amount to say about).

Here’s Part I.

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1. The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson, 2015) You know, The Argonauts was an exciting experience for me. At times it’s a riveting stream of consciousness piece of personal essay writing that feels exactly like how my brain functions: long stories about experiences, quotes from other creatives peppered in, and an individual processing their conflicting thoughts over concepts that are ever changing. Though it sometimes leans a little too much on citation and analysis of academic texts — and it…


This was originally a list of anime for Kyle to watch (mostly focused on film and specific auteurs in the medium because getting Kyle to commit to watching any series that isn’t limited to under thirteen episodes is like pulling teeth), but, in the spirit of coaxing other folks into watching some potentially new works, I wanted to make it public!

This also totally sidesteps anything from Studio Ghibli (because they’re almost entirely very accessible and widely seen, although some folks have skipped out on Isao Takahata’s work in favor of Miyazaki and you should remedy that ASAP) and Satoshi…


Now that my life is less busy than usual (though I’m facing an existential crisis about what to do next with it), I’ve decided to keep track of every work of art I ingest and write about it in some capacity. There will be films, shows, books, plays, games, etc. Each entry will range in length, but I’ll be trying to post weekly or biweekly in order to not keep things too long (and also offer some recommendations). This is entirely a personal exercise in order to keep myself writing more often.

So here’s the first collection of things I…


I am a simple person who always poorly attempts to keep an ongoing log of the books they read throughout the year and always manages to fuck it up somehow. This time, I will simply be listing everything I read this year; some with notes or thoughts attached.

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Wonder Woman: Dead Earth
  1. Uzumaki (Junji Ito, 1998–1999)
  2. The Drifting Classroom (Kazuo Umezu, 1972–1974)
  3. Gunji (Gengoroh Tagame, 2005)
  4. Chicago (Fred Ebb, John Kander & Bob Fosse, 1975) This was an especially fun one, for a group performance of Chicago for Kyle Turner’s birthday in which I played Velma Kelly and he was Roxie Hart. One of…

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With a pandemic ravaging the world and in-person events still not particularly safe, Miami Book Fair has pivoted to virtual panels and conversations instead of in-person events. Last year I unfortunately missed Ann and Jeff VanderMeer discussing their editorial work on The Big Book of Modern Fantasy at the festival, but was lucky enough to have interviewed John Waters [both for Miami New Times and in person at the festival (viewable under Tuesday, Nov 19th)].

This year, following the release of his latest novel this summer, VanderMeer will be part of a panel titled Perilous Schemes, Dangerous Skies at Miami…

Juan Barquin

Neurotic queer Latinx. Programmer for Flaming Classics. Florida Film Critics Circle. Writer for Miami New Times, Dim the House Lights, and more.

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